The first day of your new job is here, and I’m sure you’re feeling the nerves by now! But relax!
As long as you know what to do, the first day of the job should be relatively easy! You won’t be asked to do anything too strenuous, and the day should go relatively quickly as so much will be going on.
The only thing you need to worry about on a day like this is making a good impression. You want to make sure that your new company feels great about hiring you, and there are a few ways to do this.
So, without further ado, it’s time to take a look at some tips to help you on that all-important first day.
As you wake up for the big day, the last thing you want to forget about is to shower!
Make sure you wake up much earlier, so you aren’t rushing. Take some time to have a good breakfast so your stomach isn’t rumbling throughout the day as well! Then, get into the bathroom and start making yourself look good for the day. Wash your hair, and whatever you do; make sure you use deodorant! You don’t want to turn up to your new job smelling of body odor! Of course, this is a normal routine, but it’s easy to forget these things when you’re nervous. As long as you get up early enough, you’ll be fine.
2. Arrive Early
Too many people have made the mistake of arriving at a new job just on time. You’ve got to account for all sorts of things that could prove to be potential roadblocks.
For example, you aren’t used to the morning commute in that area yet. You don’t know what the traffic is like in the morning, so you need to account for that. Finding a parking space is also a potentially difficult issue that you might have to face.
Arriving early makes you look fantastic. It shows that you’re keen on this job, and you want to make a good impression. Don’t arrive too early, but fifteen minutes before your scheduled start time is perfectly fine.
3. Dress to Impress
This is another one of those particularly obvious tips that we’re going to hit you with. You don’t want to turn up to your first day looking like you’ve just rolled out of bed!
Similarly, you don’t want to look overly casual unless the job calls for it. Well before your first day, get out there and start buying new clothes for the occasion. You could go to a local retail store, or if your job requires a specific dress code – take advantage of online shopping using websites like Uniforms and Scrubs.
Make sure you’re aware of the dress code of the company before you turn up, or you could face an embarrassing situation.
4. Come Equipped
Depending on the job you’re about to undertake, you should try and come equipped as best as possible. If you’re going to be working in an office, you’re going to want to bring office supplies with you. This might not be an issue by the time you get there, but it’s best to do this anyway.
It’s not going to make a good impression if you’re asked to note something down and you have no pen or paper. It shows that you aren’t organized as well as you should be, and bosses will remember this sort of thing.
Before you turn up, do whatever you can to equip yourself properly. It’s only a five-minute consideration you need to make, but it’ll result in a great impression.
5. Be Polite
We’re entering the realm of the bleedin’ obvious now, but this has to be said. You must be polite to everyone that you’re working with. Don’t be tempted to make too many risky jokes or be over-confident at this point.
You’re still the new person, and you need time to gauge what type of workplace this is. Some places will be happy to converse in banter and jokes, while others will be very different.
For now, your job is to greet people in a kind and pleasant manner. That’s all you need to do on the first day to ensure that you start on the right foot with your new colleagues and managers.
6. Stay Focused on Your Work
This topic is a little vague, so let’s try and delve into it a little. You don’t want to be discussing things that will make a bad first impression. For example, the last thing you want to be talking about on your first day is your salary and holiday allowance.
At some point, you might have to tell them about a previously-booked vacation, but this should have been done at the interview. Today is all about concentrating on work and your new job. If you seem overly keen to talk about vacations and money, it’s not going to look good.
7. Work Hard
It should go without saying that if you’re asked to do many tasks on your first day, you must work hard at them. Of course, this will be important throughout your tenure at the company, but the first day is especially crucial.
If you go into it with a half-arsed attitude, that’s going to rub your managers the wrong way. In many cases, they can get rid of you at a moment’s notice if you’re still new to the company.
If you aren’t willing to put 100% into what you’re doing, that might just happen to you. And, I hate to say it, but if you aren’t willing to do that on your first day, why did you take the job in the first place?
8. Be Proactive
It’s very important to listen to instructions properly and do what is asked of you on the first day. You’ll be taken into meetings, given basic tasks, and you’ll meet countless people whose names you’ll forget by tomorrow.
However, while doing what is asked is important, it’ll make a fantastic impression if you’re willing to be proactive. If you’re asked to do a task in a basic manner, try doing a little extra or getting it done as quickly (and accurately) as possible.
Take the time to go and say “hello” to everyone in your lunch break instead of during work time. Offer to do extra tasks or ask if there’s anything else you can do. As long as you do this in the right manner, it’ll be extremely beneficial for you.
We’ve just mentioned about socializing on your lunch break, so let’s talk about this topic a little bit more in detail. You’re going to have to meet a lot of people in a very short space of time, and it’ll feel overwhelming.
This can be particularly difficult if you’re not a sociable person away from the workplace. However, you need to put on a sociable front today, as it’s important for the rest of your tenure here. If you don’t, you aren’t going to make friends easily, and you’ll feel like the outcast in time. By taking the time to introduce yourself and have a brief chat with everyone, you’ll be able to become part of the team.
10. Remain Positive & Upbeat
The first day of a new job is a tiring experience. Sure, you might not be asked to work particularly hard, but there’s so much going on! You rarely get a chance just to sit down and get on with things.
Because of this, you’ll feel incredibly tired by the time you get to the last few hours. At this point, you need to keep reminding yourself to stay positive and upbeat.
Don’t be tempted to sink into your chair and let laziness creep in. All that work you’ve put in so far will be for nothing if you ruin your first impression at the end of the day. Keep going; you’re almost there!
11. Don’t Leave Too Early
You did it! You got to the end of the day. Congratulations!
Now, you don’t want to spoil all that hard work at the last hurdle. Don’t rush out the door as soon as your shift is over. Wait until someone else starts to think about leaving, or politely ask if you’re able to go after a few minutes.
Leave in a leisurely fashion and be sociable on the way out. You don’t want to run out the door and get to your car as quickly as possible. As long as you leave in a relaxed and polite fashion, you won’t ruin your reputation.
12. Thank Everyone for Their Help
As your bag is packed, and you’re heading out the door, take the time to thank everyone for their help on your first day. This is especially true if you’ve been mentored by anyone.
Remember; they’ve taken time out of their busy schedules to help you. Yes, that was their choice, and they get something out of it as well, but it’s still a hassle for them.
A simple thank you goes a long way to making someone feel appreciated. It’ll also help to improve your ever-growing relationship with your new colleagues.